When it comes to buying the right cookware, you might feel overwhelmed due to the versatile choices available. As such, some people tend to overbuy cookware but end up missing out on the essentials. So, if you are a new cook or learning to build a kitchen, you might require pans in more numbers. With pans, you again have internal choices. For instance, a grill pan is a must-have if you cook meat or fish frequently. These pans serve various other purposes as well. From toasting sandwiches to grilling raw vegetables, they are an excellent addition to your cookware collection.
Australia reports a significant number of home injuries, while a part of it happens in the kitchen. And, any cookware demands appropriate handling and usage to last longer. With that said, you need to know how to use a pan safely and cook effectively. Wrong handling and usage can be risky for amateur cooks. And sometimes, you might even serve uncooked or overcooked food at the table.
So, with these pans for grilling, you will probably have two types of usage: indoor and outdoor. If you are hosting a night’s party, a pan can make some sizzling beacon for the guests! So, here is a list of pointers that tell you how to use it rightly:
- The Preparation
To begin with, you need to ensure that the pan is cleaned and well-washed. And while washing the pan, try using warm water. Then, quickly dry the pan using a clean, dry cloth or solely leave it undisturbed to air dry. Once you have the pan cleaned, ensure that the flame or gas is ready. However, do not switch on the gas before you start washing the pan.
Next, you will have to preheat the pan on a low or medium flame for several minutes. Preheating wicks away water (if any), and it distributes heat on the pan equally. As a result, the food gets cooked in an even tone.
Ensure that the vegetables or meat is already cut into fine pieces (the same is a solely personal preference). But if you want an even grill, cut the pieces equally. It will also help you while plating (similar cut-pieces maximise appeal to your plate).
Also, remember that too thin pieces may get charred or burnt. So, try keeping the thickness relatively average. Next, use a finely divided brush to oil the food pieces, and oiling the sides prevents them from sticking to the pan or getting burnt.
Now, place the meat/vegetable section over the grill. Leave them undisturbed for more than a minute. And if your pan has a lid, you can cover it. Covering the pan minimises cooking time and can increase the smoky and grilled flavour of the food.
- Handling the Pieces
For the sides to get evenly cooked, you will need to use a pair of tongs. And metal tongs are the best to use as they are sturdier. Then, after a minute, try turning the sides or rotating them using tongs to spread the heat evenly on all sides.
Leave the sides for another minute like you did earlier. The temperature of the flame depends on the type of food you are cooking. For instance, meat requires a higher temperature than veggies. Lastly, use the tongs to remove the pieces, plate them and serve hot.
Other than mindful handling, caring for your grill pan is equally significant. So, here are a few care tips:
- Post grilling, always ensure to use hot water to clean the pan. Never leave the pan unwashed for longer periods.
- Store the pan in a dry place, away from water or too much sunlight.
- You can use a dishwasher, but first, check for compatibility. Use cookware cleaners if there are any stains.
- If your pan is made out of cast iron, do not neglect to season it in regular intervals. All you will have to do is bake the pan empty for an hour.